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Elizabeth Taylor is perfect as the beleaguered woman -- magnificent looking, as usual, and waltzing around in Valentino gowns with plenty of "rocks" on view (gifts from Burton?) (hey -- what's with those kaftans and the Gothic sleeves on the cranberry dress? She was in her jet-setty "kaftans-and jewelry" stage, ever a glamorous movie star!). Whether waking up in the wee hours or running through a thunderstorm, her makeup is always perfect replete with glossy lipstick! That's part of the fun.
But the suspense is handled very well and hubbie and best friend are indeed well cast, too. Are they or aren't they in league? Yes, calvalcades of female stars have been put through this sort of wringer (Barbara Stanwyck, Olivia DeHavilland, Jean Simmons, Mia Farrow, the list goes on) and the results can be hit or miss, but here it's hit. Entertaining stuff with some genuinely surprising twists (that are a hoot alone to behold!)
Taylor plays Ellen Wheeler, a rich widow who has recently married again. She's recovering from a nervous breakdown caused by her first husband's death in a car accident while running away with another woman. Ellen sits in her big house in London, fretting over her dead spouse's betrayal and growing increasingly suspicious of her new husband (Laurence Harvey) and her best friend (Billie Whitelaw). Is hubby #2 cheating on her like #1? Is he having an affair with her friend? Are they trying to drive her crazy, planning to do her in for her fortune? These are her thoughts one dark and stormy night when she happens to look out her rear window, over at the abandoned mansion that shares her backyard. A shutter has come loose on an upstairs window of the empty house, and it's flapping in the storm. She leans forward, staring at that window, and...I won't say any more, but I will say that the original posters for the movie showed an extreme closeup of Taylor's terrified face above the caption: "What this woman sees will haunt you for the rest of your life."
I've been a fan of this dark thriller ever since I first saw it in a theater in 1973, and it's now available as a DVD-R from Warner's wonderful Archive Collection.Read more ›
Elizabeth Taylor gives a convincing portrayal of a woman who is on the brink of losing her sanity, repeatedly seeing a dead body through a window in the spooky abandoned house next door to her lovely London home. Flashbacks to a traumatic past when her first husband and his young lover were killed in a car accident lend credence to her tenuous hold on sanity. Her fragile emotional state offers a creepy insight into what appears to drive her continued sightings of a dead body that police are unable to find, as well as her increasing hysteria when the police do not take her seriously after their searches of the decrepit abandoned old mansion next door reveal nothing.
Coupled with her paranoia and suspicions about her new husband's (Laurence Harvey) infidelity with their house guest who is supposed to be her best friend (Billie Whitelaw), the portrayal of a woman who is losing her grip on reality is compelling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I remembered seeing this as a child, but it didn't show that graphic parts. Liz always played well as a sexy siren or a mentally disturbed woman.Published 1 month ago by Stacy
Very good movie, saw the play but the movies was much better, Liz played a great partPublished 2 months ago by M. Dominguez
Absolutely fantastic! Elizabeth Taylor is great. No problem. Prompt delivery.
not very good acting and a very long time to develop the charters. It does have a very intense ending but the wait is far too long for it to matter much.Published 8 months ago by me
Miss ELIZABETH TAYLOR one of the greatest Hollywood superstars EVER, DOES A "PSYCHO" TURN!!!!! Read morePublished 8 months ago by HAPPYWOLF
Amazon does have the hard to find movies. I have been looking for this movie for a long time. When can not find a movie title look to Amazon 1st. Also the best prices! 5 stars!Published 8 months ago by Peggy H.
Remembered this film from my youth and thought it pretty scary (10 years old) - now its kind of clunky but not unwatchable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Movie, freak
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